Cumby ISD breaks ground on $2.2 million gymnasium
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Cumby ISD Board of Education members (left to right) Renee Seely, Lou Ann Petty, CISD Superintendent Bert Vandiver, Jesse Heer, Keithh Newsom, Jody Jarvis, Jason Hudson and President David Barrow shovel the first scoops of dirt during the official groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for CISD's new gymnasium.
Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

May 18, 2006 -- Cumby Independent School District Superintendent Bert Vandiver on Wednesday reiterated to this year's junior class his intent to hold Compass Builders Inc. to their goal of having the district's new $2.2 million gymnasium built in time for their graduation.

"We expect to have this thing completed by May 1. It is our hope that all you juniors here get to walk across and graduate in the new gym," said Vandiver during Wednesday evening's official groundbreaking ceremony for the project. "They promised us it'd be ready in time for graduation. Robert Terry is the project superintendent. I'm going to hold him responsible if its' not finished on time. He lives here. He brought in a trailer and is here to stay. So far, we are on schedule."

The old portable buildings at the high school have been torn down, and ground work began one week ago.

Vandiver complimented school board members Renee Seely, Lou Ann Petty, Jesse Heer, Jason Hudson, David Barrow and Keith Newsom for approving the project and getting the ball rolling for construction.

The gym will be paid in part with $900,000 in bonds designated for the project at the same time voters passed the bond for the new high school and field house. The bond notes were issued in August. The remaining funds for the $2.2 million project will come from a loan issued by Alliance Bank, which the district will pay out at a fixed interest rate over the next 20 years. 

 Compass Builders Inc. of Coppell was selected as the construction manager and NR Architects of Dallas the architects for the project. 

"This is going to be an all metal building. It's cheaper right now than concrete. We'll spend our money inside [outfitting it]," said Vandiver, who designed the new gym.

The new gym will be all computerized, including folding bleachers and basketball goals, lighting, heating and cooling systems, and security system. The gym will include two dressing rooms each for girls and boys teams. Each dressing room is designed to accommodate 26 people. The gym will also include a workout room, large concessions area, large lobby and glassed-in viewing windows for filming school events. The retractable bleachers will seat 500 people. The gym floor will be maple and can be covered should chairs be used for events. The concessions area can seat 150 to 200, and will all be encased in tall windows made of thick, sturdy racquetball court-style glass.

The new gym will be used for all indoor athletics events, and other programs. The old gym, built in 1937, will be utilized for elementary physical education and other smaller classes.

The  new gym will be located next to the administration building, across the street from the new high school facility on the sight of the old portable high school buildings. 

Wrapping around the new gym will be a parking lot with 358 parking spaces, which can be utilized during other school events.

About 35 people, including school board officials, project architects and construction managers, principals, parents, students and community members attended the official ground breaking ceremony Wednesday evening.

In addition to the new gym and high school, the school recently upgraded  its football field and completed the exterior construction of a new field house at the field. Completion of the field house interior will come in the near future with volunteer labor from school officials, parents, students and community members.

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